Hot Wheels Posts

Diecast Customizers Add Style to hobbyDB

Who hasn’t thought about repainting a Hot Wheels car at some point, only to find it’s not as easy as it sounds? At hobbyDB, we have met a number of folks who have perfected the art of modifying their diecast vehicles to the point that even the experts do a double take when they see them.
We have vehicles from Chris Walker who works as “Night Stalker”. Luis Tanahara has worked in miniature and full-size for Boyd Coddington. Vince Mosely (AKA Vman) creates customs, notably custom drag buses, blown deliveries and Atomic Punk customs. There’s JSR Code3 Models who bases his work on Corgi Toys and other 1/43 scale donors. Chris Stangler Customs specializes in short run 1/64 scale models. Keep an eye out for more customizers soon!
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We are happy to feature the work of some of these customizers on our site, both to catalog their work and to provide the opportunity for you to acquire them.

 

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Robert Graves Jr. joins hobbyDB’s Advisory Board

Rob with just a small portion of his collection.

Rob with just a small portion of his collection.

We are excited to add the diecast expertise of Robert Graves Jr. to the hobbyDB Advisory Board. Rob is one of the co-founders of the South Texas Diecast Collectors Club, and his South Texas Diecast website is the most authoritative lists of Hot Wheels models on the internet.

An early fan of Hot Wheels (he was born the same year as the first Redlines), he collected many of them over the years until family and career pushed the hobby aside. While his young son was in the hospital in the late 90s, the two bonded over Hot wheels, and his interest was rekindled.

In 2002, seeing a void in good Hot Wheels information on the web, he posted his personal database online. He then began working with Hot Wheels own forum as one of their photographers and has also now become a moderator there.  You will normally meet Rob at the Hot Wheels Annual Collectors Convention, the Hot Wheels Nationals, SuperToyCon and other diecast up and down the country.

The net’s hottest new Hot Wheels Catalog…

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As part of our grand plan to catalog everything, the hobbyDB gang have decided that a good thing to start with would be Hot Wheels. (We don’t believe in starting small…). That’s every Hot Wheels ever made in every variation, of course. And we’re not just talking about the Mainline, or just the cars. We also want the rrRumblers, Zowees, Sizzlers, bigger scale stuff like this Pantera, Mexican issues, Tune Up Towers, hats, pins, print ads – everything!The list is endless. Well, actually it’s not really endless, it’s just that the end is several hundred thousand items away. And that’s without all the pages on HW-related subjects; designers like Larry Wood and series like Blackwalls.
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That’s why we’ve started bringing in the big guns. We’ve got Chris Parker working with us and Gary Barnum has just joined Mike Zarnock on our Advisory Board. Bruce Pascal is helping out with data and so is David Williamson, the famous Toy Car Collector of RedlineCollector.com. We’ve already imported the info from Andy Goodman’s ModelPackRat site, which got us off to a great start. Big thanks to Anita from CFR too, who’s helping publicize and got us our first Subject manager – a big welcome to user mspace who’s managing the rrRumblers section. Jim Garbaczewski, co publisher of the Tomart Hot Wheels price guides and the Hot Wheels Newsletter has joined us as well.

There are a few choice vehicles that already have great pages like Ecto-1 and the Silhouette.

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It’s a great start, but we need more help to build on it! Are you a Hot Wheels fanatic who likes to catalog? Or maybe you have a forum you’d like to get the word out on? Or some other HW connection? If so, get in touch!

 

Big Fun, Miniature Diecast at the 15th Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals

Our good friend and  diecast collector Chris Parker attended the 15th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals from March 25-29 in Lexington, Kentucky. While some models were hard to find, good times were aplenty. Here are some highlights from Chris.

The entry to the conference hall featured giant loops of orange track. No one was allowed to ride on them, however.

The entry to the conference hall featured giant loops of orange track. No one was allowed to ride on them, however.

Several Hot Wheels designers were on hand to sign cars and posters and talk about their creations. Here Mark Jones shows off an upcoming creation… a wild custom Corvair Greenbrier Van surf dragster. No word when this model comes out, but it will be a cool one!

Several Hot Wheels designers were on hand to sign cars and posters and talk about their creations. Here Mark Jones shows off an upcoming creation… a wild custom Corvair Greenbrier Van surf dragster. No word when this model comes out, but it will be a cool one!

The one and only Larry Wood is always happy to spend time with his legions of fans.

Howard Rees is always happy to spend time with his fans.

Steve Vandervate presents one of his creations, a custom first generation Camaro.

Steve Vandervate presents one of his creations, a custom first generation Camaro.

Special edition Hot Wheels cars were available to attendees. Note the special white letter tires exclusive to this show. They include…

The 69 Ford Mustang Boss 302…

The 69 Ford Mustang Boss 302…

Drag Dairy funny car with flip up body…

Drag Dairy funny car with flip up body…

Greenwood Corvette race car…

Greenwood Corvette race car…

1967 Ford Bronco...

1967 Ford Bronco…

… and the Dodge Charger Funny Car.

… and the Dodge Charger Funny Car.

As if the convention wasn’t already enough fun, Chris celebrated his birthday at the event. He makes a convincing Simpsons character, doesn’t he? With him is Mike Zarnock, who is a member of the hobbyDB advisory board.

As if the convention wasn’t already enough fun, Chris celebrated his birthday at the event. He makes a convincing Simpsons character, doesn’t he? With him is Mike Zarnock, who is a member of the hobbyDB advisory board.